Moving can be a bit like surgery—if you didn't forget what it's like to go through the process, you might never choose to do it again. Still, you can certainly anticipate the challenges ahead and better ready both yourself and your home for the transition as you're moving to Hartford, CT. Use these nine tips for moving to create your own personal checklist of to-dos, and your transition will be as painless as possible.
1. File Under Move
Assign a binder or folder with pockets to the move and use it to store all relevant paperwork: copies of bills, receipts, estimates, contracts, manuals, budgets, correspondence and to-do lists. Use this piece of moving advice to help keep everything in one place, especially as all your worldly possessions are thrown into disarray
2. Money Matters
Speaking of budgets, a move is going to cost money, but it doesn't have to break the bank. When planning, keep in mind the following expenditures: movers or a truck; storage costs; boxes and supplies; travel costs such as hotels, food and gas, where needed; bills and down payments; needed furniture. It's also a good idea to set aside some money for tips and emergency costs you haven't anticipated.
3. Lighten the Haul
One of the best ways to reduce moving costs is by having less stuff to move. This is an ideal time to reassess whether you still need or want your belongings. As you pack up, think about what you can get rid of and consider holding a moving sale or listing items on Facebook or Craig's List. You can donate your unwanted goods to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity or Charities of Hope. Return any library books or other rentals. Use up items like cleaning supplies and food in the weeks leading up to the move or donate unopened items.
4. Hire Help
Once you have a date and the locations squared away for a move, figure out who will be assisting you. Whether it's a friend with a truck or a professional moving service, make a committed plan well ahead of time. During the summer and on weekends, trucks and moving services book up quickly. If you're renting a truck, look for a good deal online—many companies offer discounts to students and military. Update your budget accordingly.
5. Get the Hookup
There's plenty of things to consider when moving. Make sure to contact all current and former utility companies, including gas, water, electric, cable TV and phone(s) to apprise them of the move and prepare for the transition. Withdraw or transfer any funds that are deposited in local banks. Officially let USPS know you've changed your address and notify banks, subscriptions, insurance, billed services, friends, family and other contacts as well. Plan to have your mail forwarded for a few months. Update your driver's license and car registration. Organize any school records, prescriptions or medical records that need to be updated or forwarded.
6. Gather Supplies
In the packing game, there's no such thing as too much tape, boxes or bubble wrap. Avoid multiple trips by anticipating how much you'll need and collecting at least twice as much of everything. Ask friends and family for extras, or visit Craig's List, Freecycle or local furniture, grocery and liquor stores for free boxes, or look for moving kits that bundle supplies together.
7. Pack Smart
It can't be said enough: as you pack, label, label, label. Your future self will thank you for time spent now. When you're packing to move, prepare a box of immediate-need items, such as toilet paper, batteries, sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, shelf liners and trash bags so it can be used as soon as you start to unpack. Do the same for a few days' worth of clothes and toiletries, using a suitcase. Be sure to include eyeglasses or contacts, phone chargers, medications, and any necessities for pets and children. Create a kitchen basics box with a few pots, dishes, knives, glasses and silverware. Consider creative alternatives such as using t-shirts and towels to cushion fragile items, killing two boxes with one packable. Back up your computers and take photos of electronic cords and connectors to make the setup easier. Check out some additional tips for savvy packing.
8. Rental Know-How
If you're moving into a rental unit, ask your landlord for a move-in checklist to review the condition of the home before you unpack. Documenting any damages can help you get your security deposit back when you decide to move out. Update your renter's insurance to reflect the new address.
9. Homeowner Tips
If you've purchased your home, moving day is the time to break out your new home checklist. Make sure your first couple of tasks are to change the locks and toilet seats. Next on the list is to familiarize yourself with the breaker box and fuses and main water valve shutoff. Check any utility meters, change air filters and check batteries on smoke and CO detectors.
Hartford will start to feel like home in no time and with these moving tips, you'll find yourself in good shape. When you're getting to the finish line of unpacking and realize you need a little more space, you can check out your local storage facility to help you out.